Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Woes of Public Transport

SMRT Slogan: Moving People, Enhancing Lives
But It seemed to be Interrupting Lives than Enhancing
Cos we are always fuming whenever we take the trains in the morning. 

Every morning without fail the trains will be packed. 
They mentioned that they will be increasing the frequency of the trains, but then whats the point of increasing the frequency when the train stopped every now and then? 
Every 2-3 mins interval with a train service, but every time in the midst of the journey, the train stopped even more frequently or moving at a tortoise speed. 
With announcement like 
"Dear customers, due to the train ahead, this train will be delayed in entering and departing stations?"
You mean to say we are on the road? there is traffic light or what? 
Why is there delays?

"Dear customers, this train stops here for a while as the train ahead is still at the station."
"This train has stop here due to a congestion ahead"
I always thought congestion happen on roads and not on tracks. 
Is there traffic light ahead or zebra crossing ahead? 
why is there congestion? 

"Trains will take a longer time to travel due to the wet weathers"
HUH? for the past decades of taking trains, I never had to experience this before? 
why would the rain cause the train to move slower? 
Really angry whenever we take trains during rainy weather. 
Slower moving trains and packed like sardine trains. 

How to accommodate a larger population with basic necessity like this? 
With a higher populations and a 6-cabins train, how to survive this transport system? 

Although there are perks being introduced, but..........
Will you really do that? 
I think I won't 

Free travel before 7.45am
Commuters must exit at any of the 16 designated stations in the city area by 7.45am on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) for the train portion of their journey to be free. The train journey must not begin at any of these 16 designated stations.

The 16 designated stations are Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Lavender, Orchard, Outram Park, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar, Bayfront, Bras Basah, Esplanade, Marina Bay and Promenade.

Up to 50 cents discount from 7.45am to 8am
To encourage even more people to make the effort to travel early, commuters who exit at the 16 designated stations between 7.45am and 8am, on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays), will receive up to 50 cents off their train fare. Currently, there is no discount offered during this period. This will also allow commuters who miss the cut-off timing for free travel by a few minutes to enjoy some discount.

To encourage people to buy lesser cars and to travel on public transport in order to stay green, the transport system should really do an upgrade to cater to the population needs. 

Taking trains overseas doesn't seemed to have such problems too. 
Some countries have not even increase their fares for years, yet their trains are functioning well, with regular maintenance. More cabins and smoother ride FTW. 
Why can't we have the same too? 

I hope for smoother train rides!

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